Crytek announced today that they were opening up their ninth worldwide studio, and this time it'll be based out of Austin, Texas. This marks the first studio for Crytek that will open its doors in the United States. The new studio is being helmed by David Adams, who was until quite recently, the General Manager for the now defunct THQ related Vigil Games, the developers behind the Darksiders series. It seems that other Vigil employees have carried over as well, as the team is made up of 35 individuals according to the official press release.
This is fantastic news for both Vigil, a studio that showed a whole lot of promise and talent with Darksiders and the sequel released last year, and for Crytek who now holds studios across North America, Asia, and Europe. Considering the success they've had this gen with titles like Crysis 2, the expanded presence in the West will hopefully lead to even better (and more frequent) releases down the road.
Feel free to check out the full press release below, and stay tuned to Gaming-Age for further news and updates related to Crytek and their upcoming projects in future months.
Crytek Arrives in America with New Studio in Austin, Texas
Developer’s first North American studio paves the way for exciting new opportunities
Frankfurt (Germany) / Austin (Texas, USA), January 28, 2013 – Crytek GmbH today unveiled their ninth worldwide studio, situated in Austin, Texas, USA. Crytek USA Corp. is the company’s first US-based studio and is ideally placed to embrace exciting new game, engine and business development opportunities in North America and beyond.
“Crytek has always enjoyed a special relationship with gamers and business partners in North America, so establishing a permanent presence in the US was a natural step,” said Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli. “We are extremely excited about the work that we will be undertaking from our strategic new location in Austin, with David Adams and his team of 35 experienced developers. We believe our CryENGINE® technology will enable the team we assemble to create unparalleled new gaming experiences.”
David Adams, the newly appointed CEO of Crytek USA Corp., added: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the newest Crytek studio, which will boast some of the brightest development talent in the industry. The studio’s launch represents Crytek’s commitment to delivering diverse and high quality content to players everywhere.”
Crytek USA Corp. follows on from the recently-opened Crytek Istanbul as the company’s newest studio, meaning the ambitious developer and publisher now has an established presence in Europe, Asia and North America.
About Crytek GmbH
Crytek GmbH (“Crytek”) is an independent company at the forefront of the interactive entertainment industry, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating standout experiences for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, mobile devices and games-as-service using their cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CryENGINE®.
The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Crytek also has studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea), Nottingham (UK), Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey) and Austin, Texas (U.S.A.).
Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has consistently been recognized for excellence in its field, earning accolades such as the 2011 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio and a 2010 Red Dot Design Award. Its multi-award winning games include Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008
Awards), Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010) and Warface (awarded Best Social/Casual/Online Game of Gamescom 2012). For more information, please visit www.crytek.com.